URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/what.html
Question: What is MedlinePlus?
The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist you in locating authoritative health information.
MedlinePlus pages contain carefully selected links to Web resources with health information on over 950 topics. MedlinePlus follows a list of guidelines for the inclusion of Web sites.
The MedlinePlus health topic pages include links to current news on the topic and related information. You can also find preformulated searches of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, which allow you to find references to latest health professional articles on your topic.
The A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia brings health consumers an extensive library of medical images and videos, as well as over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.
The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary allows you to look up definitions and spellings of medical words.
Drug and supplement information is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) via
AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version.
AHFS® Consumer Medication Information provides extensive information about more than 1,000 brand name and generic prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including side effects, precautions and storage for each drug.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version is an evidence-based collection of information on alternative treatments. MedlinePlus has 100 monographs on herbs and supplements.